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WEEK Contents


NEWS Hot Stories


Women still under-represented on boards Travel Counsellors hails second takeover Carnival’s Baillie fends off knife attackers Atol rules delay ‘is unfair on businesses’ Police target ‘fraudulent’ claims firms


Round-up AmaWaterways warning; Silversea plan 08 Shearings changes name; Mature travel 10


WIN! Special Report


A short break and place in Disneyland Paris Val d’Europe half marathon page 34


Law firm to prosecute claims companies Talk Back


Tui, Travel 2, Ben Reid, Heathrow, D’Aoust


NEWS YOU CAN USE Product Virgin, Intrepid, Wendy Wu


12 15 04 17


Operator Explore, Tucan Travel, Trafalgar 19 Cruise Crystal Cruises, Oceania, Viking 20


FRONTLINE Comment Miles Morgan: Operator hours 22


Readers’ Lives Cover Star Becky Griffiths 24 Spotlight Apprentice Rising Stars Mystery Shopper Brighton & Hove


30 36


DESTINATIONS


Weddings & Honeymoons Wedding Budgets: Save, spend, splurge 38 Agent Report: Tying the knot in Cyprus 45 Summer Honeymoons: Best destinations 45


COVER STAR Becky Griffiths, owner of All About Travel, on her sunrise photoshoot PHOTO: STEVE HOCKSTEIN


Middle East Jordan: Hotel openings on Dead Sea coast 54


BUSINESS


Round-up Brexit, Reed/Hillgate, Heathrow 62 Back page Abta slams guidance delay 64


WHAT


LUCY DID THISWEEK


Jun 7 1


Lucy Huxley Editor-in-chief @Lucy_Huxley


Had fascinating chats with editors of Harper’s Bazaar and Cosmopolitan ahead of their appearances at Travel Weekly Group events.


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Was so proud of the Bourne Community Champions team who built an outdoor classroom with Dawson & Sanderson.


Listened to an emotional tribute to a dear friend as his old band re-formed to mark the fifth anniversary of his death.


7 June 2018 travelweekly.co.uk 3 A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR


Equality still faces headwinds W


hen Qatar Airways chief executive and new Iata chairman Akbar Al Baker said this week that a


woman couldn’t replace him as CEO because the role was too challenging, apparently he was “being light-hearted”. Unfortunately, the world’s media didn’t see the joke – and neither did many in the travel industry. News of his ill-judged comment broke as gender inequality in the workplace was debated at two travel industry conferences. At one, the results of a survey of 28 travel companies, including airlines, cruise lines and tour operators, found that only one had a female CEO – and seven had no women on their boards at all (page 4). The results also found no female board-level


representation in sales or finance, which was surprising given there are some outstanding women in sales and commercial roles in the industry. But even if the sample wasn’t representative, the results, and Al Baker’s mis-step, show there’s still a long way to go.


Fake claims campaign success A year on from the launch of Travel Weekly’s Fight Fake Claims campaign, it is hugely encouraging to see a very different situation being reported. Some of the claims management companies behind


the staggering 500% rise in holiday sickness claims are now facing investigations and private prosecutions themselves (pages 6 and 12). And a great deal of credit is due to Abta and the various operators which were willing to put aside their rivalries to work together on an issue which threatened to engulf our industry – and ultimately lead to less choice and higher prices for their customers.


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